Ilke Toygür was an Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute. She is adjunct professor at the University Carlos III of Madrid. She holds a PhD degree in Political Science from Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). She also received an MA degree in Political Science from the “Democracy and Government” program of the UAM, as well as an MA degree in Economics from Sabancı University, Istanbul, and a BA in Economics from Hacettepe University, Ankara. Right before completing her PhD, she was granted “Mercator-IPC Fellowship” in Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University. She has been a visiting researcher in the European University Institute, Italy and University of Mannheim, Germany. She has been teaching various courses including “Elections and Political Behaviour” and “Politics and Government in the European Union” both in English and in Spanish. Prior to her enrolment in the PhD program, she worked for two years in the Economic Development Foundation (IKV), a Turkish think tank focusing on the European Union and Turkey-EU relations, both in Istanbul and Brussels.
Research Areas: Euroscepticism and populism, European integration, the impact of European integration on electoral dynamics in Europe, political parties and elections in Western Europe, elections in the European Parliament, Turkey and Turkey-EU relations.
Selected publications: European Parliament Elections of May 2014: Driven by National Politics or EU Policy Making? (Politics and Governance, 2016), European institutional responses to the recent developments in Turkey: divided in unity? (Real Instituto Elcano, 2016), El golpe fracasa, pero la democracia no triunfa (El País, 2016), Intento de golpe de estado: una noche muy larga para la democracia turca (Agenda Pública, 2016), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 5 + 1 Steps Away From Visa-Free Travel for Turkish Nationals (with Melih Özsöz, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, 2016), The European Response to the Refugee Crisis: Angela Merkel on the Move (with Bianca Benvenuti, Istanbul Policy Center, 2016), Reshaping Relations in the Midst of Crises: A Bitter Anniversary for Turkey-EU Accession Negotiations (with Melih Özsöz, Istanbul Policy Center, 2016), Stormy months on the Aegean: the refugee deal and its impact on Turkey-EU relations (with Melih Özsöz, Elcano Royal Institute, 2016), A New Era in Spanish Politics: Time to Negotiate (with Marta Paradés, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, 2016).